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Posted on Powermatic PM1500 Worthiness?

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#1 posted 10-14-2018 05:49 AM

What type of woods are your typically re-sawing? Also, what saw did you end up going with. I really am leaning towards an Italian made bandsaw that can withstand the torture tests of re-sawing large oak, ash, walnut etc….especially with the price points Powermatic is charging. I can t imagine the price of an Italian made would be much more.
- Zbowe88

I saw a lot of black walnut, wild black cherry, both red and white oak and hickory. I have the Powermatic 1500 and I really like it. There is one drawback I can think of with this saw…for the price I really thought they could have provided a work light on the saw. This is surprising because they have a really nice light on their drill press.
Powermatic machines definitely hold their value and tend to have a higher resale value too. I am pretty sure any of the saws you are looking at will do the job and you will for certain be very happy with them. The 1500 PM has another nice feature, it has a lever that allows you to de-tension the blade when you are done working with it. Keeping tension on the blade all the time when you are not using it can cause flat spots on the tires. I don’t know how tough it is going to be to get parts for the Italian machines if you ever need to…gotta wonder if they are already here or have to be shipped over from Italy. I do know for a fact that just about everything you could ever need for a PowerMatic is in the USA right down in Tennessee. I can also say for certain that the folks at PowerMatic are first rate and very quickly handled a problem I had. Not saying the Italian companies wont, by no means, just that I have no experience with them. Again, they have always built a very high quality machine and I wouldn’t be afraid to try one if it had the features I liked. I am, however, a fan of roller ball bearings for the guides and no, it does not cost anywhere near $100 to replace roller bearings on a PM1500. Maybe if you buy them direct from PM, but they are not rare and available at AutoZone.
I don’t know that I would necessarily call re-sawing “torture” to a good size band saw like the ones you are looking at. If you have a good quality re-saw design blade and the saw is set up properly I really don’t think it is any harder on a saw than other cutting jobs. Every now and then we have somebody that gets on here and talks about using a 12” Craftsman to re-saw big hickory beams….then they come back complaining. It’s like the African hunters used to say…”always use enough gun”

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